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ABC
Dec 30, 2012 11:35pm EST
cliff. democrats and republicans wrangling over last-minute legislation. cutsx increases and budget into effect on january 1. the clock is ticking and negotiations are ongoing. point, democrats and republicans remain at odds. >> regardless of differences, our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle- class families do not go up. we can get that done. >> president obama called for there wasaction, but senate tonight. >> we will be here at 11:00 tomorrow morning. we will have further announcements. >> mitch mcconnell, a frustrated progress,ack of called the vice president for help. >> there is no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. a sticking point appears to be a and interest or the to close the deal. >> if congress does not act soon, drastic cuts will go into effect and taxes go up for everyone. more than $3,400 for the average american family. >> significant differences n the two sides and negotiations continue. >> negotiations will continue through the night. "politico" ined by reporter to talk about the fiscal cliff. it is looking like the pres
FOX
Dec 31, 2012 4:25am EST
to strike a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> republicans saying they are will be to work with congress and the president to come to an agreement. yesterday, president obama said job leaders have rejected his proposal to make a comprehensive deal. >> we don't yet see an agreement and now, the pressure is on congress to produce. >> we're willing to work with whoever can help. there is no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. >> today, senate majority leader harry reid could push for a fallback bill which would only raise taxes on families making $2 other 50á,000 a year or more. that plan would extend unemployment benefits for two million americans. icans. -- on families making $250,000 a year or more. >>> police continue to look for evidence in the murder of a college student. a vigil was held last night at battlefield high school for xavier stringfellow. he was a graduate of the school. he was found stabbed to death friday evening in industry anti. his body was found inside a crashed minivan on a service road off of chain bridge road. police said he
FOX
Dec 31, 2012 5:00am EST
at 11:00 to try to strike some sort of last- minute teal to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> republicans say they are willing to work with members of congress and the president to come to an agreement but yesterday on nbc's meet the press, president obama said gop leaders have rejected his proposal to make a comprehensive deal. >> we don't yet see an agreement and now, the pressure is on congress to produce. >> we are willing to work with whoever can help. there is no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. >> today, senate majority leader harry reid could push for a fallback bill which roe woo raise taxes on families making $250,000 a year or more. that plan would also extend unemployment benefits for two million americans. >>> in our other top story, police continue to search for answers in the murder of a college student. xavier strangefellow was a sophomore in virginia. a vigil was held last night at battlefield high school in haymarket. stringfellow was a graduate of the school. he was found stabbed to death. his body was found inside a crashed minivan. police say he had
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 1:00pm PST
just shovel it out to us. >> washington still in deadlock. >> we're falling over that fiscal cliff. >> republicans simply can't utter the word yes. >> the president is, i believe, slowing down the process. >> they have no strategy. they don't know what they want. >> kim kardashian is pregnant. >> a lot of democrats get mad at me. >> no deal is better than a bad deal. >> something has gone terribly wrong when the biggest threat to our american economy is our american congress. >> hats off to the president. >> as of this point is looks like i'm going to be spending new year's here in d.c. i can come to your house? is that what you're saying? >> happy new year! >>> grab your party hats, chill the bubbly. just eight hours to go. yes, we are all waiting to cue the confetti with hopes for a last-minute deal to avert the fiscal cliff. with sweeping tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect at midnight, frantic negotiations are ongoing at this hour with the president teasing the prospect of a deal on at least part of the cliff just hours ago. >> it appears that an agreement to prevent this new year's tax hi
PBS
Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm PST
fiscal cliff is the republican resolution was under the tacit assumption that they would control the white house, so who cared about everything stacked against them. the main problem was obama ran an absolutely brilliant campaign. republicans had a very weak field, and romney was the best of a very weak field. he himself was a very odd candidate. after the financial crisis, a man essentially of wall street, and a man whose essential issue of the 2010 campaign was obamacare, but he had passed something similar in massachusetts. he had two strikes against him, which made it very difficult begins the difficult rigid discipline obama to win. >> i think obama won because republicans underestimated him, and they did it through sell collision that goes back to 2010 when they considered this to be a referendum on barack obama. it was not a referendum on barack obama. it was a referendum on the economy and the incumbent, but not barack obama the person. republicans left the race feeling like this would be a slam-dunk in 2012. they missed the fact that the turnout in 2010 was so far what -- so
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm EST
. government is going over the fiscal cliff, even as senate republicans and the white house reported progress had been made, but house republicans say they will not vote on anything tonight. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> suarez: and i'm ray suarez. on the newshour tonight, we have the latest on today's developments, including an update from todd zwillich of public radio international who's been tracking the story on the hill. >> woodruff: then, as secretary of state hillary clinton is hospitalized with a blood clot, we examine their causes and possible treatments. >> suarez: margaret warner talks to jonathan martin and glenn thrush of politico. their new e-book focuses on the crucial final month of the presidential race between barack obama and mitt romney. test. >> barack obama didn't perform that well until late and romney didn't perform the campaign well. campaign management is more important than an individual candidate's performance. >> woodruff: from boston, hari sreenivasan reports on a city- wide effort to keep kids engaged in education through meaningful work experienc
FOX
Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm PST
over the flip, yet as the -- fiscal cliff, both republicans said they will not vote tonight. they will reconvene tomorrow morning. >> the vote on spending cuts and tax high school thaksd prevent the u.s. from going -- hike, from -- going over the fiscal cliff, still in the final hours. >> the house and senate convened for rare sunday sessions in hoping of bridging major impasses. >> conversations and discussions continue and we remain hopeful that'll get a breakthrough. >> we'll pass a minimalist bill so that we won't go over the cliff and then i think we have to go from there. >> on nbc's meet the press, president obama made a final pitch for his plan to preserve bush era tax cuts for welt healthy americans. >> a mijor sticking point continues to be -- major annual sticking point, the threshold has waiverd from $250,000 to as high as millionion dollar. the country doesn't have a tax revenue problem. t has a spending problem. john boehner issued a statement saying republicans have made every effort to make the balanced agreement that the president promised the american people. we'
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am PST
over the fiscal cliff because, again, i don't think the republican party is serious about playing an important role in governing this country. >> now, i don't necessarily disagree with you, but let me push back a little bit, and then i'll let dan jump in. >> sure. >> look, the argument i'm hearing -- and i don't know what cuts the president is offering to the republicans -- but why doesn't he offer more? why doesn't he give them -- i mean, anything more that he offers would be better than going over the fiscal cliff. why can't we get to something? why can't he give enough significant cuts that would make some of these republicans in districts that will really have problems when they go back to win re-election, if they raise taxes, give them some sort of incentive. give them some serious cuts. >> let's break apart your premise because i just -- i do not think -- i think there is a significant portion of the republican party that simply will never see any increases in revenue as necessary to run this government. i mean, you know, the president -- the one thing that we all agreed on in
FOX
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am EST
. the senate will meet again to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> republicans saying they are willing to work with members of congress to come to an agreement. yesterday during first sunday morning talk show appearance, president obama says gop leaders have rejected his proposal to make a comprehensive deal. >> we don't yet see an agreement and now the pressure is on congress to produce. >> willing to work with whoever can help. there's no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. >> today's senate majority leader could push for a fall back bill which would only raise taxes on families making $250,000 or more a year. that plan would also extend unemployment benefits for 2 million americans. >>> new this morning, one person was killed in an early morning accident on sully road in fairfax county. this happened around 1:45 this morning. we do know a tractor trailer was involved. not known who was at fault. the driver of the other vehicle was killed. also new this morning, your help is needed to find a missing 77-year-old woman. police say this woman bertha may cook-tyler was last s
NBC
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am EST
fiscal cliff. republicans want to see more deficit reduction. democrats say that could come later, but this would be a smaller plan. there are really some serious differences and not a lot of time left. congress has created its own deadline to this so-called fiscal cliff and now has to live by it over the next several hours to see if something can get done. erica? >> kelly o'donnell, thank you. chuck todd is nbc's political director. kelly mentioned some constructive movement but then there's this chasm we keep hearing about. is there a chance for a deal? >> i think -- i want to say yes, there's a chance for a deal! they're not that far apart. it really depends on the political motivations of the people at the negotiating table. you think about joe biden and mitch mcconnell, mitch mcconnell is totally looking at this through a political lens, what is in the best interest of republicans in his view? from what i understand in his view he thinks what's in the best interest of the republican party is getting the tax issue off the table and then having a big knockdown, drag-down fight with
NBC
Dec 30, 2012 11:30pm EST
cuts kick in. >> i think it is obvious president obama wants us to go over the fiscal cliff. >> president obama blamed republicans. >> they say the biggest priority is making sure they deal with the deficit in a significant way. they are behaving in a way that they're only priority is that the tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. blacks mitch mcconnell is vowing to find out. -- >> mitch mcconnell is vowing to find out. >> can the senate veteran help congress tumble to a deal on the last day? >> if we do go off the fiscal cliff, congress would be more likely to make a deal. members could claim they are cutting taxes. >> thank you. if america does fall off the fiscal cliff on the first of the year, maryland would be hit hard. hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs lost. >> we have a lot of federal workers and businesses that rely on the federal government. many are watching the negotiations closely. if partisan politics prevail and they cannot reach a deal, americans in maryland will burden will -- will be burdened. legislativent of observances had a report about what the impact woul
PBS
Dec 31, 2012 3:00pm PST
went any hope of meeting the midnight "fiscal cliff" deadline. house republicans opted not to hold any votes on the issue tonight. so-- officially, at least-- more than $600 million in tax hikes and spending cuts begin taking effect tomorrow. in the meantime, senate republicans and the white house continue working on a possible deal. . >> are running out of time. americans are still threatened with a tax hike in just a few hours. >> new year's eve morning at the capitol began with a warning from senate majority leader harry reid. after a long weekend dush -- weekend of tense negotiations vice president joe biden had spent sunday dealing directly with the senate's republican minority leader mitch mcconnell. and those contacts continued today. by early this afternoon amid reports of progress, president obama emerged in a campaign style setting. >> today it appears that an agreement to prevent this new year's tax hike is within sight. but it's to the done. there are still issues left to resolve. but we're hopeful that congress can get it done. but it's not done. >> it was widely repor
WETA
Dec 31, 2012 6:30pm EST
possible the house will wait until tuesday. that means the u.s. could go over the fiscal cliff. on wall street today, investors bought up stocks on high hopes of deal, after president obama said this afternoon a deal is "in sight," and positive comments from republican leaders in the senate. here's how e major averagesr closed on this last trading day of 2012. the dow surged 166 points, the nasdaq jumped about 60, and the s&p rose almost 24 points. while wall street has already closed the books on 2012, washington still has a few hours to go before its new year's day fiscal cliff deadline. darren gersh has the latest. >> reporter: after a weekend of late-night negotiations with the vice presidt, senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said an agreement on the fiscal cliff was very, very close. >> we'll continue to work on finding smarter ways to cut spending, but let's not let that hold up protecting americans from the tax hike that will take place in about 10 hours. >> reporter: the deal would raise the top tax rate for individuals making more than $400,000 and couples with more than $450,000 in income. itemized deductions would be limited for individuals making more than $250,000 and couples making more than $300,000. the estate tax would rise to 40%. em
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 9:20am EST
. the fiscal cliff, now, restrain your emotions, please, kelly jane from the weekly standard is here. welcome back. conventional wisdom says that republicans get all the blame for this mess whether we go over the cliff or not, they get the blame. do you agree with that? >> i agree that seems to be the conventional wisdom. i'm not sure that should be though. people forget that it's not as if we didn't see this coming. nobody is blaming the deficit reduction supercommittee and the fact of their failure to have a bipartisan agreement is really what triggered this fiscal cliff in the the first place. stuart: is it a failure of president obama to lead? i mean, else's the president of the united states of america. we are facing a fiscal crisis right now, an economic crisis, for heaven's sake. shouldn't we expect the president to go a long way towards dealing with this and leading us out of it? and i don't see it, frankly. >> i don't either. and i think his view, honest he isly, he just won an election and so he calls the shots and republicans should just follow along, even though republicans kept their majority in the house and there's a great deal
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am PST
off the fiscal cliff. democrats and republicans went to the bull pen on sunday, calling in their so-called closers. here is one, here is the other. vice president joe biden and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. john boehner not in this, nancy pelosi isn't in this, not even the president. the house reconvenes at 10:00, the senate at 11:00, bright and early. sarcastic. neither of them showing particular signs of progress. >> these two worked together in the senate for 20 years. so you hope -- >> in fairness, the houses are not convening. these guys are not working. i don't care if it doesn't play out in the media. the big stumbling block has been avoided. republicans dropped their demand to reduce social security cost of living increases. >> i was really gratified to hear republicans had taken the demand for social security benefits off the table. truth is, they never should have been on the table to begin with there is still significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations continue. >> the consequences of this are too high for the american people to be engaged in a
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 1:00pm PST
pointing out, technically at least, we're going over the fiscal cliff. >> that's right, we are. since the couple of minutes ago that you and i talked, senate republican leader mitch mcconnell has called a meeting right down there, i'm in the house side, over there on the other side of the rotunda is the senate, and not too far away from there is where senate republicans are going to meet. we don't know yet whether or not senator mcconnell is going to announce they do actually have a deal or whether he's simply going to give them a status report or many other variations of what they could be talking about. so we're going to try to monitor that. that meeting starts probably about ten minutes. back to what we talked about at the beginning of the hour. it certainly is noteworthy but perhaps not surprising, since we don't have a deal, that the house of representatives has decided that they're going to have one vote on a nonrelated issue in about an hour and a half or so, and then they are going to go home for the evening. they're going home before the clock strikes midnight. i was e-mailing with house republican sources to find out if they waited to make this of
FOX News
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
democrats and republicans together on a fiscal cliff deal if anything. we'll take a look as we await word from capitol hill. >> this is what will go up year? >> yes. january 1st, that is when your taxes will go up. >> wow! wow!. wow is not wow. >> wow is wow! that is insane [ ship horn blows ] no, no, no! stop! humans. one day we're coming up with the theory of relativity, the next... not so much. but that's okay -- you're covered with great ideas like optional better car replacement from liberty mutual insurance. total your car and we give you the money to buy one a model year newer. learn about it at libertymutual.com. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? heather: welcome back. a nationwide amber alert comes to an end after two missing boys from georgia are found and their father is arrested. benjamin cleary, he is there on the right, he is nine, and his brother henry is seven years old. investigators say their father, daniel cleary, abducted them after the boys visited him for christmas. police in austin, texas, described how they arrested the father this
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 7:00pm PST
making remarks about the fiscal cliff aired it earlier today. he put much of the blame on shoulders of the republicans if no deal is reached. the gop fired back saying the president should lead right now not cast blame. correspondent s henry is live from the white house. >> he is frustrated going on a talk show today in the middle of the negotiations. he has not been on one of the programs since 2009. he felt it was important to get the message out there. you are right he was pounding the same message again and again f. we go up the fiscal cliff for not meeting them halfway. >>> not because democrats and congre congre congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate but i think it has been hard for speaker boehner and republican mcconnell to accept the fact taxes on wealthiest should go up a little bit sweas well as a deficit reduction package. if they can't say yes to good offers i have an obligation to make sure the entire burden of deficit reduction doesn't fall on seniors who are relying on medicare. >> republicans are expressing frustration saying the president is trying to put the blame on them for go
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 4:00pm PST
to be a bitter stalemate between democrats and republicans on the fiscal cliff, we have learned of a bit of change this evening with the negotiations. for one, we have learned that the senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. that means no decision tonight. we have also learned senator mitch mcconnell, the republican minority leader, has had conversations directly with vice president biden. mcconnell had been working with senate majority leader harry reid, but he and biden have gotten things done when working together in the past. can they do it now? let's go to dana bash. dana, what do you think? is it promising? can they go it now? >> reporter: well, let's start there. it certainly has happened before between these two men, and it's happened before when democrats on capitol hill are either split or have gotten, frankly, just too frustrated with the republican counterparts to have conversations to be able to find bipartisan agreement. these are the two men who negotiated an extension of the bush era tax cuts for two years. that happened two years ago when republicans had a lot
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am EST
and death in the country. >>> we are now just hours away from going over the proverbial fiscal cliff. the two sides don't appear to be any closer to a deal if republicans and democrats can't come to an agreement taxes will go up on all americans january 1 and there will be spending cuts in just about every government agency. >>> vice president joe biden is going to take the lead for the democrats. mitch mcconnell for the gop. congress has come to an agreement on one issue. leaders of both parties announced sunday they have reached a deal to extend the 2008 farm bill for at least one more year. without a deal the agriculture secretary says americans would have been force today pay as much as $7 if a gallon of milk. but again, that has been averted. >>> we are watching your money. i know you are sick of hearing it but over the next few days the words fiscal cliff, you are not going to be able to avoid them. whether or not you think congress can pull off some sort of a compromise, one thing you need to be prepared for. for many of you, your paycheck will go down in the new year and here's why. the payroll tax was cut by 2 percentage points over the last two y
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am EST
our next guest. among those working on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, joining us in washington, congressman tom price of georgia, chairman of the republican policy committee, and he will soon be the vice chairman of the budget committee. so, the scenario that we're seeing, congressman, thanks for joining us. >> good to be with you. happy new year's eve. >> happy new year. i know the ball is coming down with all this new significance to the ball dropping, whether we go over the cliff. the last thing we heard, the senate may be optimistic, put something together? >> sure. >> passes it with some bipartisan support. does it get brought up in the house in a way without too many amendments so that it doesn't repass the senate, and then is it brought up by speaker boehner and passed? >> i think the speaker's commitment is to bring up whatever the senate can pass. remember the house has acted in may, and august and september to try to make certain that the tax rates didn't go up on any americans. that we address the spending issues, brought spending down so we can address the deaf kit. the real question is whether or not the president is going to weigh
NBC
Dec 30, 2012 11:30pm EST
claim barack obama favors. >> it's obvious the president wants us to go over the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: on "meet the press," president obama blamed republicans. >> they say their biggest priority is dealing with the deficit, but the way they're behaving is their only priority is making sure taxes don't go up on the rich. >> reporter: the senate minority leader says -- >> i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: enter vice president joe biden, called by mcconnell. can the senate veteran help congress stumble to a deal on the last day? if not, and we do go off the cliff, congress could be more likely to make a deal and quickly, because then lawmakers could claim they voted to cut middle class taxes. i'm steve handlesman, news4, capitol hill. >> if nothing else, it looks like there will be a deal to keep the price of milk from skyrocketing. leaders have agreed to a one-year ex-tense of the 2008 farm bill that expired in october. the deal will avert a spike in milk prices to as much as $8 a gallon. but it has to come to a vote in the house and senate tomorrow. a new report tonight further criticizes the state department for
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 5:00pm PST
i said, keep you posted as we get more information. >>> meantime, the fiscal cliff stand-off in washington continues. at this late hour the senate and house of representatives both went into recess, still no deal. republican senate leader mitch mcconnell reached out to vice president joe biden to help reach an agreement. two men who have served as their party's closers, so to speak, on tough deals before. senate majority leader harry reid says he plans to have a plan up for a vote tomorrow morning. although there are serious differences on both sides. >> we're not going to have any social security cuts at this stage, it just doesn't seem appropriate. i still hold out hope we can get something done but i'm not overly optimistic but i am cautiously optimistic. >> republicans pushed back on claims by democrats that the social security benefit measurement, which is known as the chained cpi and basically would reduce the amount of money that senior citizens get under social security, was part of the republican plan. in any case, that is off the table. senator john mccain posted this on twitter, most of us agree the chained cpi is off the table in these negotiations. president obama continued to put public pressure on
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 10:00am PST
senior republican sources saying that the tax portion of a deal on the fiscal cliff has been agreed to with the sequester. essentially the automatic cuts. the date with those going into effect still being the sticking point. republicans wanting shorter, possibly three months. democrats hoping for longer. maybe two years. how much does that factor into your calculation of whether you vote for this bill or not? when those automatic cuts design to sort of be the sort of thing hanging over the congress's head. how important is that to you when we see what the senate and if the senate but what the senate produces? >> sure. those cuts are very important. i mean, when you talk about 8% discretionary spending cuts, that's major, and it hits our constituents pretty hard. if they're talking about a temporary halting of the sequester, perhaps that maybe a good thing. of course, like to see it longer than three months. i'm just hearing this. mying 20 give taxpayers a break. people want us to get this thing done. if we have to delay to continue spending. that, of course, is all connected with job creation. certainly i would love to see just sequester held off for a yoer or two, but i think we have to, again -- we have to look at the tota
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 12:00pm PST
fiscal cliff, an especially bad year for republicans, not only losing the presidency by four points and lost winnable senate seats. they got slaughtered with latinos, problems with young people, women. the democrats, they obviously did not win back the house. the senate looks like will be tough in 2014. looking at the fiscal cliff on the democrat side, it is very important that the president convince people that he's serious about the deficit in 2013 and for republicans one of my resolutions is that they try to not be the party of the rich any longer. both party haves a perception problem. the exit polls bared that out. the election bared that out and passing the fiscal cliff and looks like we will have kind of another temporary crisis in the next month or three months, they again have to fight the stereotypes and label that is built up. >> one of those jumped out at me. maybe run it by you. for the democrats, the argument of don't offend gun owners and manners, you don't want to offend anybody needlessly, a voter or group. i get that. you point to the example of the 2000 election a
FOX
Dec 30, 2012 11:00pm EST
point. >> none of the votes we'll be casting today have anything to do with the fiscal cliff we face in slightly more than 24 hours. we're here and ready. >> congress will work through tomorrow, with republicans likely insisting more spending cuts be included. >>> budget cuts are at the department of defense also in the cross hairs, raising new concerns about national security. fox's peter doocy looks at what it could mean. >> reporter: senator lindsey graham told me this morning his phone rang saturday night and was the defense secretary calling saying he was told the bill to avoid the fiscal cliff will not avoid anything for sequestration. so he'll need to write 800 layoff notices to contractors. >> if the president doesn't deal with this, he's a lousy commander-in-chief. if there's a deal done that doesn't set aside the defense cuts, we've already cut out of the it was department, then i'm disappointed in the president as commander-in-chief and the republican party for allowing this possible a party. >> reporter: sequestration is designed to be painful. it was imposed by congress on itself when the super committee didn't work it out. president obama said today the cuts can be offset by raising ta
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 11:00pm EST
on abc2 news at 11. >>> the cliff hanger continues in washington tonight. democrats and republicans are wrangling over last minute legislation to avert the so called fiscal cliff, you know, the one two punch of tax increases and budget cults that will go into effect january 1. there's no sign of a deal so far. here's pridy arla. >> reporter: the clock is ticking, negotiations are ongoing, but at this point, democrats and republicans remain at odds. >> regardless of partisan differences, our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do not go up that would hurt our economy badly. we can get that done. >> reporter: president obama called for immediate action, but there was no vote in the senate tonight. >> we're going to come in at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning and we'll have further announcement perhaps, and we'll have a talk in the morning, i certainly hope so. >> reporter: minority leader mitch mcconnell called vice president biden in for help. he is now said to be playing a direct role. >> there's no single issue that remains an impossible sticking poin
CW
Dec 30, 2012 10:00pm PST
congress left meetings in capitol hill sunday without a deal. the so-called fiscal cliff. >> there is still significant distance between the 2 sides but negotiations continue. >> if republicans and democrats can't strike a deal, tax rates will go up for all americans and automatic tax cuts will kick in and millions will lose unemployment benefits. i want this done. >> they withdrew the proposal but cut the deficit by slowing social security. there is some movement as both sides try compromise about which americans start paying tax rates. >> republicans don't want to see new revenues, in other words democrat tax increase being used for new spending. >> in unusual move republicans called for a no. 2 democrat, biden to help with negotiations as the white house places a lot of blame on the impasse. >> they say the bill biggest priority is we deal with the debit. their way is the only priority that tax breaks for wealth americans are protected. >> if a deal isn't reached, the president wants to introduce legislation to keep tax cuts for people earning more than 200 thousand a year. >> it wasn't only grid lock in washington. they are going to keep milk prices from rising next month. t
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 4:30am EST
to go, until we tumble off of the looming fiscal cliff, if lawmakers can't reach an agreement before midnight. republicans and democrats remain at odds over key issues like the income threshold for higher tax rates. here is andrew spencer with the latest on the showdown. >> if there is a ultimate compromise, there will be parts that i find disgusting and reprehensible that i may have to swallow. >> reporter: a session on capitol hill, as lawmakers work on avoiding the fiscal cliff. talks hit a quote major set back on sunday over social security benefits according to a democratic course. both sides agree to push forward. >> i'm willing to get this done. i need a dance partner. >> reporter: joe biden is that person for senate minority leader mitch mc connell. the two are taking over talks => if nothing is resolved by midnight tonight, tax rates for all americans will increase, $2000 for the average middle class family. >> one mom said that's four months groceries that's commuting back trillion in additional spending cuts. so we would have $2 of spending cuts for $1 of increased revenue. >> reporter: the senate
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 5:00pm EST
just yet. with only a few hours before the fiscal cliff deadline, there are signs of progress. >> it appears an agreement to prevent this new year's tax hike is within sight, but it's not done. there are still issues left to resolve. >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell and joe biden have negotiated. the deal with extend the tax rates for house holds. increase the estate tax rate from 35% to 40% and extend unemployment benefits for one year. >> let's pass the tax relief portion now. let's take what's been agreed to and get moving. >> reporter: but the sticking point. how long to push off those massive manda tore pri spending cuts that would go into effect in the new year. democrats want a one-year extension. republicans insist on dealing with it sooner. if there has no overall agreement, americans will feel the impact of the fiscal cliff very quickly. the average american family will see a tax increase of more than 3400. if the senate is able to pass a deal, top house republicans aren't confident they'll have the time to get it done by midnight, which means taxes will go up, but the house will meet tomorrow, and they will be voting on a tax cut. >>> so, while there is still no deal on the cliff chef, lawmakers have reached a tentative
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 1:00am PST
tonight. if no fiscal cliff deal is reached, most everyone's taxes will go up tuesday with deep spending cuts kicking in. earlier i spoke with a democratic and republican strategist. maria cardona and anna navarro. they seemed to echo the sentiment of the voters. >> this is like, when you at the beginning of the year and you're in school at the beginning of the year, you get assigned a big project and you leave it until the last night. when i used to do that, my parents used to punish me. if kids were behaving the way these congress people are, they would all be in time-out. if it was the private sector, they'd all be fired. there's absolutely no excuse. the only solution lies with us, the american people, and with us the voters demanding that they start working together and actually coming up with something. we cannot continue having these spectacles every few months. it's like making sausage. >> can we talk about the optics of this, maria? there are many saying this is a republican and democratic problem, we're here because republicans won't play ball. >> well, i mean, it's easy for me to say that. i actually do think politically the republicans will suffer mor
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 5:00pm EST
needs to get, to go along wiih some kind of a deal in order to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. i'm not sure what his political point there but you substantialively --. adam: i have to go to scott. you get 20 seconds, then i'm giving kim because she is the small business owner last word. scott, any words of advice? they have to do something. they haven't done it yet. >> i go up and stock up on studebakers and yugos. watch out for the stock market here in 2013. a lot of things at play aside from a slowing economy. i think it will be really bum , man. adam: kim, you get the last word. what would you say to congress, not the president but congress, what they should do later tonight and this week? >> first off i would have made a decision a long time ago. we had two years to this problem. this problem should have been solved months ago. politicking should have been set aside. we should have got something done. people should not have gone home for thanksgiving. i don't understand if they're representing us as business owners why they can't act like us and make decisions like us. we have
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 10:00pm PST
other big story is the action or inaction on capitol hill. if lawmakers do not reach a fiscal cliff agreement, you could see your taxes sky rocket and deep spending cuts kick in. major sticking points, spending cuts, entitlements and tax increases. house republicans have ended their meetings for the night. we'll find out tomorrow whether they've made any progress in their talks. any deal would have to get enough votes to pass the senate and the house. president obama says sandy hook school shooting was the worst day of his presidency. americans will have to explore their own feelings when his gun law reform proposals come out next year. >> the question then becomes, whether we are actually shook up enough by what happened here, that it does not just become another one of these routine episodes where it gets a lot of attention for a couple weeks and then it drifts away. it certainly won't feel like that to me. >> the president says the law he's pushing will address assault style rifles, high capacity magazines and background checks. >>> the fiscal cliff, it's not the only deadline pressing on congress. a five-year farm subsidies bill that expired in september was never renewed. house and senate members did come up with a short term extension to prevent
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 2:00am PST
way. 18 hours to go before america goes over the fiscal cliff. final day for democrats and republicans to get a deal done. if they don't, your taxes go up at the stroke of midnight. the two sides brought in their so-called closers on sunday. vice president joe biden and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. working behind the scenes as they have successfully done in the past. the senate went home last night and they are going to get in this morning at the bright hour of 11:00 a.m. eastern. i don't understand how that works. we are not seeing any evidence of progress in either chamber, but as i said, mcconnell and biden are talking. that's important. these two guys have a long history together, and have an ability to cut a deal. one major stumbling block has been overcome. republicans have dropped their demand to reduce social security, cost of living increases. you will know that as the chain cpi. >> and the public has taken their demand for social security benefits off the table. the truth is they never should have been on the table to begin with. significant distance between the two s
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 9:30pm EST
hope so. >> next, talking about the fiscal cliff. john thune. >> thank you for the update. midafternoon today, senator john thune spoke with reporters on where things stand on the fiscal cliff. >> where do things stand as far as a republican deal? >> republicans advanced a proposal last night and you heard senator mcconnell talk about it on the floor. we're still waiting for a counteroffer. there was an indication we would receive the by 10:00 this morning, but discussions still continue. senator mcconnell and vice president joe biden are continuing to discuss this and we think there still could be a path forward. democrats have come out and made a huge deal out of changing this and republicans are very concerned that it should not be used as an offset to reduce or replace some of the spending cuts that would occur and democrats put forward an alternative. this is a process. there's a lot of give-and-take going on. republicans do not want to see new revenue, democratic tax increases, being used for new spending. that is where many members are drawing the line. >> you all want to use this technical level, but it would really affect social security recipients in the sequester. democrats want to use new revenue from tax increases
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 6:30pm EST
a few hours, the u.s. will go over the fiscal cliff which could trigger across-the-board tax increases and billions in spending cuts. however, there is hope for a soft landing. senate republican leader mitch mcconnell and president obama said today a deal was close. but late in the day house leaders announced they will not vote on a deal tonight. they're waiting for the senate. so what happens now? we have two reports beginning with nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy, good evening. >> good evening to you, rebecca. it looks like the deadline pressure finally prompted a meeting of the minds today. negotiators agreed to a plan that extends the bush era tax cuts for 99% of americans. but they are hung up on one key spending issue, and so it looks like we will go over the fiscal cliff at least temporarily. >> we're very, very close to an agreement. >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said his round-the-clock negotiations with vice president biden had paid off. >> i can report that we've reached an agreement on all of the tax -- the tax -- issues. >> reporter: first and foremost, the bush era tax cuts. the two sides agreed to extend them permanently for all household in
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 11:00am PST
deal when the new year hits. so too will the fiscal cliff. $600 billion worth of tax increases and spending cuts. it is supposed to be automatic. but now republicans are suggesting a delay, the president just spoke trying to add pressure to congress to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. listen. >> my preference would have been to solve all these problems in the context of a larger agreement, a bigger deal, a grand bargain, whatever you want to call it, that solves our deficit problems in a balanced and responsible way that doesn't just deal with the taxes, but deals with the spending in a balanced way, so that we can put all this behind us focusing on growing our economy. but with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. >> let's turn now to chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. let's talk a little bit about the outlines of the deal, the fact that the president came out to make his case and try to push this thing over the finish line. what does the white house have to do to gain the backing it needs. >> reporter: well, what we heard from the president today just now was really an emphasis that there are a
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 12:30am EST
surrounding the fiscal cliff. senate majority leader harry reid, followed by senator john thune, then senate floor speeches from barbara boxer, joe manchin, and kay bailey hutchinson. >> the majority leader is recognized. i was glad to hear that republicans have taken their demand for social security benefit cuts off the table. it should never have >> they should never have been on the table to begin with. at 11:00 in the morning. i certainly hope >> next, republican senator john thune. >> thank you. i will first of all thank both of my colleagues for the diligent work -- they have committed themselves to this work and i appreciate it. mr. president, i rise today frustrated, embarrassed, and angry. it is absolutely inexcusable that all of us find ourselves in this place at this time, standing on the floor of the senate in front of the american >> thank you for the update. midafternoon today, senator john thune spoke with reporters on where things stand on the fiscal cliff. >> where do things stand as far as a republican deal? >> republicans advanced a proposal last night and you heard senator mcconnell talk about it on the floor. we're still waiting for a counteroffer. there was an indication we would receive the by 10:00 this morning, but di
FOX Business
Dec 30, 2012 10:00pm EST
. in that immediate actionis needed to avert falling off the fiscal cliff. he says that he is optimistic for an agreement, but neither republicans or democrats will get 100% of what they want. earlier today, the president met with congressional leaders at the white house. a closed-door meeting, here is what the president said just a short time ago >> we are going to construct a discussion with senate and house leadership of how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. i am optimistic that we may still be able to reach an agreent that can pass both houses in time. senator reid and senator mcconnell are working on such an agreement as we speak we want congress taking up that issue now. in the meantime, the war on tracking, lisa jackson announced her plan to quit january 31. leading to questions as to who obama will choose to replace her. taking a more realistic approach. let ask john hiat meister. >> with us tonight we go to john hiatt meister. we want to focus on tracking. you think a new epa chief old crackdown on tracking? or will they move ahead with that? >> i think we will see a determined effort. the president wants to fe
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 12:00pm EST
over the so call fiscal cliff. and the two sides are not close on a deal. if republicans and democrats cannot come to an agreement, before the midnight deadline, taxes will go up on all americans beginning tomorrow. and economists believe that we will plunge into another recession. danielle nottingham has more from the white house. >> reporter: members of congress arrived at the capital to work on new year's eve to try to avoid massive tax increases and spending cuts from taking effect in just hours. >> there are a number of issues on which the two sides are still apart. but negotiations are continuing as i speak. >> reporter: sources say both sides are starting to pro mize on which families will keep bush era tax cuts. the president wand families making more than $250,000 to start paying more. democrats are reportedly negotiating to raise that limit. >> let's get this thing done. tonight when the ball drops, let's make sure we haven't also dropped the ball. >> i'm sorry that we are here, on new year's eve, and that we haven't solved this problem long ago. >> reporter: most o
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 5:00am PST
risked going over what he called a fiscal cliff. since the president's re-election, he and republicans have traded offers and counteroffers, finding little common ground on tax increases and cuts from entitlements. president obama and speaker boehner met one on one. nothing happened. the speaker offered plan "b," never got enough support within his own party. here we are all over again. do we have tom coburn? joining us now from capitol hill, republican senator from oklahoma, senator tom coburn. senator, thanks for being with us. >> you're welcome. >> so, why, first of all, does this deadline tonight matter? and i heard you make comments yesterday out on the streets of washington to a reporter that you think we're going to go over the cliff? >> i do. >> okay. >> i do. let me take issue with a couple of things you said. >> okay. >> number one is we haven't cut the first penny yet from the federal government, and it's important people know that. what happened in that agreement is $1 trillion in increased expenditures didn't happen. >> okay. >> all right? and now that we're down to the hard wo
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am PST
avert the so-called fiscal cliff. vice president joe biden is now involved in the negotiations, but senate republicans and democratic leaders remain at odds over key issues such as higher tax rates and the inheritance tax. >>> thousands turned out all across india to remember the woman who died during a gang rape. they promised to keep fighting against rape and sex-related crimes. they're also demanding the six men accused face the death penalty. her body was cremated yesterday. >>> here in new york, a woman accused of pushing a man to his death on the subway tracks is being charged with a hate crime. the 31-year-old told police she shoved the man because she thought he was muslim and laughed so hard during her arraignment the judge ordered her to stop. she's undergoing a psychiatric examination and held without bail. >>> in southern california a day of fun on a frozen lake turned into a dangerous rescue effort as one man fell on the ice. carter evans has the story. it was all caught on tape. >> reporter: it was a rare christmas experience in the mountains above los angeles. fresh snow and ice for people
KOFY
Dec 30, 2012 9:00pm PST
. >>> democrats and republicans are wrangling over last minute ledges to avert the fiscal cliff there is no sign of a deal so far. chuck stephenson has the latest. >> they heard this prayer from the senate chaplain. >> look on our nation and save us from self-inflicted wounds. >> the clock is ticking towards the new year's eve midnight hour when budget cuts swoop down from the fiscal cliff. harry reid and mitch mcconnell are working on a stopgap bill. >> at some point the negotiating process it appears there are things that have stopped us in moving forward. i hope we're not there but we're getting real close. >> i want everyone to know i am willing to get this know, but i need a dance partner. >> the legislation would prevent a tax increase for 98% of american workers, extend unemployment benefits and prevent a huge cut in payments to medicaid doctors. >> we should introduce legislation to make sure that middle-class taxes stay where they are. >> even if they reach a deal it won't pass congress by monday night. if it doesn't everybody's income taxes will go up. the average family would pay
FOX News
Dec 31, 2012 3:00am PST
the press when it comes to the fiscal cliff handling, is that the right way to start the negotiation with two days left before the fiscal cliff or shouldn't he sit down and hammer out a deal with the senate republicans and house republicans. do you think a deal gets done? >> i do think a deal will get done. i think it might january 1st. i think we will briefly go over the fiscal cliff. the president worked on the issue months and months. the entire "crisis" is an issue of congress' own making . he was taping the meet the press on saturday. house republicans were cozy and doing nothing on the fiscal cliff. john bone bone took himself out of the negotiations and abdicated responsibility and said he would dole with whatever the senate and president had come to. i happening there is a lot of good proprosals on the table and something will get done, too. >> dave: it appears that senate republicans came a long way in sharing their desire for no taxes raised on the wealthy. $550,000 thres hold for couples is a significant compromise. but can they get anything through the house in terms of getting republican votes today? >> i don't think that will get through the house . the house was elected to protect the uni
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 1:00pm EST
approaching. will there be a framework to avoid the fiscal cliff? ashley: up to the minute coverage from washington. guess what, republicans should just walk away now. oh, boy. ♪ [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ [ indistinct shouting ] [ male announcer ] time and sales data. split-second stats. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ it's so close to the options floor... [ indistinct shouting, bell dinging ] ...yoll bust yourrain box. ♪ all onhinkorswim from td ameritrade. ♪ ashley: breaking news. there is the podium. no one in front of it. live pictures from the white house. president obama set to speak shortly from this location as lawmakers definitely try to hammer out a deal on the fiscal cliff. of course we'll bring you his comments live which are stated -- slated to begin anytime. it could be a little tenuous when he actually speaks. we'll keep an eye on it. as soon as he does we'll bring it to you live of course. stocks hanging in there up 53 points. let's go to our own diane macedo on the floor of the nyse. >> ashley, stocks are looking better than they started. dow futures up a little more than 50 points. nasdaq is up 34 and the s&
NBC
Dec 31, 2012 12:00pm EST
washington cannot compromise. good afternoon. we are watching and waiting, the fiscal cliff negotiations are down to the wire in the nation's capital and talks continue at this hour. jennifer johnson as the latest from washington. >> cut afternoon, democrats and republicans say they are seeing signs of progress but the deadline is fast approaching and america is hours away from going over the fiscal cliff. >> the house will be in order. >> the house and senate are back in session. america faces the fiscal cliff. >> americans are still threatened with a tax hike in just a few hours. i hope we can keep in mind our single most important goal is to protect middle-class families. >> democrats have agreed to extend tax cuts for people making up to $400,000. it is higher than the $250,000 limit the president wanted. the hope is that instead of a grand bargain, a smaller package gets passed with the real job being pushed up until the new year about this whole thing is a national embarrassment. i think it is an embarrassment to the president and both sides of the aisle and both the house and of the senate panel without a deal, americans will face over $530 billion in tax increases at $110 billion in spending cuts for the military and other federal agencies. federal w
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 6:30am EST
president are going to stop the nation from going over the fiscal cliff. without a deal, taxes are set to go up on about every american. >> reporter: talks continue but this morning, still no deal. republicans and democrats nee gobuated all weekend, with the hope of passing legislation that would protect most people from a massive tax hike, set to kick in type at midnight. our top priority is make sure taxes on middle class families don't go up to hurt the economy badly. >> reporter: optimism about a deal over the weekend, when the republican leader in the senate made an offer, that all ended when senate majority leader said he couldn't present a counter proposal, in a hail mary, he phoned for help. >> i placed a call to the vice president to see if he could jump start the negotiations on his side. i'm willing to get this done. i need a dance partner. >> reporter: white house officials say vice president biden is now playing a direct role in the talks. the two partys remain at odds over the automatic across the board cuts to government programs and defense set to go in to effect and divide on taxes, the white house wants to raise tax rates on people making more than 250,000 dollars a year, repu
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 4:30am EST
so-called fiscal cliff. >> there is still significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations continue. >> reporter: if republicans and democrats can't strike a deal before midnight monday, taxes will go up for most every american. automatic spending cuts will kick in. millions will lose unemployment benefits. >> i'm willing to get this done but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: republicans introduced but quickly withdrew a proposal to cut the deficit by slowing social security. >> there is a lot of give and take going on right now but republicans don't want to see tax increases used for new spending. >> reporter: vice president joe biden was called on to help with the negotiations, this as the white house places a lot of the blame for the impasse on the gop. >> they say their biggest prior is making sure we deal with a deficit in a serious way. but the way they are behaving is their only priority is making sure tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. >> reporter: if a deal isn't reached the president wants to introduce legislation to keep tax cuts for couples earning up to $250,000 a year and to kee
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